- What are some things I should know before getting a quote for my renovation/remodel/repair project?
- How can I prepare my family, and home project, so that I can make the task as smooth as possible?
- What can I do to avoid inconveniences and delays to make my project a success?
- Should I make a budget for the whole project or perhaps one for each phase if I am trying to get different things done?
This article briefly addresses these questions, and will help you to start out on the right foot with your project.
A lot of imagination and creativity go into any remodel, especially when it comes to common areas such as the kitchen, bathroom, or dining room. The worst mistake a homeowner could make when moving forward with a renovation project is to do so with insufficient knowledge. Of course, it isn't necessary to have a complete understanding of every step in the process (that is our job as the General Contractor). However, homeowners do themselves a great injustice and find that they are left wide open for many problems when they begin a remodel blindly. Before you even pick up the phone to request a bid or quote, be sure to review these three important steps to make sure that you are well prepared to do so.
1: Create a clear vision
Ideas are the spark of creativity that set the stage for a successful home project. The realization that there is enough wasted space in your garage to extend your tiny master bathroom, adding a walk-in closet and a Jacuzzi is great. However; moving the project forward with only an "idea" in your mind could be the start of a giant head-ache and an end result that you are simply not going to be happy with. Changing the scope of work during a project is expensive and time consuming. But if you know exactly what you want and do not want, that will ensure a smooth project and save you money! So take plenty of time to plan, yes, even drawing out your designs so that you can see how the changes will look, and most importantly, how they will function with your daily routine.
If you are having any trouble making these final decisions, be upfront about your uncertainties, talk to your contractor. At that point, we will give you specific advice from our past experience and help you to shape a clear vision for your project and find the balance between your vision and your budget.
2: Be prepared
Creating a clear vision is a step forward in being prepared. One thing that will help you to be prepared is to understand your options; Research the materials you would like to use and what materials you can afford. Think about what is realistic and what is not. And nothing makes you more prepared than asking questions. The last thing you want is for you and your contractor to not be on the same page. Prepare for your home project as if you were going to do it yourself! If you just don't have time to prepare, rest assured that we will be, and will patiently walk you through the process.
3: CREATE A WORKING PLAN
Each job brings its own challenges, so plan ahead to face them head-on so that your family will not be unnecessarily inconvenienced during your home project.
Things to keep in mind:
- If you are remodeling your kitchen, how will you handle meals during construction?
- Can your family do without the bathroom that is being expanded or will you need to bring in a portable
- Ask yourself: "What are the challenges that our family will face to our daily routine with this project, and how will we deal with them?"
If you find yourself at a loss for answers to any of these questions, we will be ready and able to help you find the solution. The point is that you have already given it some thought and begun the process of making this job a success!
Now you are ready to ask the most important question... How do I choose the best General Contractor? You will find the answer in our next article entitled 4 easy tips for choosing the right contractor... the first time!
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